FM, Chinese counterpart discussed Afghanistan situation

Pakistan and China, as part of Troika Plus, had made valuable contribution to these efforts.

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ISLAMABAD, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi called Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and exchanged views on the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

During the telephonic conversation, Foreign Minister Qureshi underlined that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was of critical importance for Pakistan and the region.

In this perspective, he said, Pakistan had assiduously supported the Afghan peace process, the Foreign Office said.

Pakistan and China, as part of Troika Plus, had made valuable contribution to these efforts.

FM Qureshi said in the given situation, it was extremely important to ensure safety and security as well as protection of rights of the Afghan people.

He stressed that an inclusive political settlement was essential, for which all Afghans should work together.

Qureshi said that it was equally important for the international community to remain engaged in support of the Afghan people.

He emphasized that the international community must also have sustained economic engagement with Afghanistan.

He apprised Foreign Minister Wang Yi of Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate the evacuation of personnel and staff of diplomatic missions, international organizations, media and others from Afghanistan.

FM Qureshi said Pakistan and China were ‘iron brothers’ and strategic partners.

The two countries had the tradition of maintaining close coordination and communication on issues of common interest and significance, he added.

Foreign Minister Qureshi and State Councilor Wang Yi agreed to remain in close contact to promote the shared objectives.

It is noted that, China together with the international community will continue to support Afghanistan in its peaceful rebuilding and will provide assistance for its economic and social development, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.

As a friendly and close neighbour and friend of Afghanistan, China always upholds a friendly policy towards the entire Afghan people which will never change, Zhao Lijian said during his regular briefing held here.

We will continue to support peaceful reconstruction in Afghanistan and to the best of our capability assist Afghanistan in its economic and social development, he added.

The spoesperson said that in the past the situation in Afghanistan has experienced major changes after four decades plus war and turmoil, the Afghan people yearned for peace and stability.

China hopes that all factions in the country will work to resolve differences through dialogue and consultation and prevent new conflict and humanitarian disaster and work for a steady transition of the situation.

Noting the statement from Afghan Taliban about friendly relations with other countries, he said that the Chinese side hopes it will work with other factions at home through dialogue and consultation and establish an inclusive and open political framework and adopt moderate and prudent domestic and foreign policy and ensure that personnel and institutions of other countries in Afghanistan will be safe.

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